After a fierce bidding war, Pat Cummins became the most expensive overseas player with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) acquired his services in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 auction for INR 15.5 crore. He is now linked up with former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum at KKR. Cummins says that he is happy to have McCullum as his coach and he does not have to bowl at him.
“The first thing that I am really excited about is that I don't have to bowl to him anymore! He was one of the best and most feared hitters I have come up against in my career. It can be the first ball of the match and he might be hitting over your head for a six! So, I am happy that he is in my team as a coach and that I don't have to bowl to him," Cummins said according to KKR's official website.
"He is someone I really admire for his fire. Whether it was his stint as the captain of the New Zealand team or his approach in the IPL clashes, I just love the way he goes about it. He really wants to put on the show and take the game on," the fast bowler added.
Talking about his role in the KKR team, Cummins said, "We have to talk about that when we get out there and make the side. The thing I love about T20 cricket is it's ultra-attacking, or at the death, it's ultra-defensive. There is no middle ground. So, in T20 cricket, if you are an all-out bowler, you get to bowl any time of the match. That's why I love the format.”
KKR will take on the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in their opening game of the tournament At Abu Dhabi on September 23. MI have lost their opening game against CSK and will be desperate for a victory in this fixture.